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Columbus City Offices Fully Reopen To The Public, Drop Pandemic Restrictions

Columbus City Hall
David Holm

Public offices around Columbus officially return to something like normal Tuesday after 16 months of COVID restrictions.

Health orders in Ohio ended last month, and now as city workers return from the holiday weekend, they’ll be welcoming the public at facilities around Columbus.

Columbus City Hall, fire stations and community centers are among those that will again be fully open to the public.

Masks will still be required at Columbus Public Health because it is a healthcare facility, and officials encourage masking for all visitors, vaccinated or not, to protect others in the building who might not be inoculated.

Even though city offices are returning to business as usual, they’re maintaining some procedures from the pandemic, like access to hand sanitizer, staggered shifts and HVAC upgrades.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.